- The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has told Nigerians that the NASS would continue to be a rubber stamp to ensure good governance
- Lawan said the NASS decided quite early to work with the executive very harmoniously for the benefits of Nigerians
- President Buhari, however, urged the leadership of the NASS to be patient with any legislation or law
Following the allegation of being a rubber stamp to the executive, the chairman of the National Assembly (NASS), Ahmad Lawan, said he accepted the label if it would guarantee good governance for Nigerians.
The Nation reports that Lawan stated this Monday, October 6, at the two-day joint executive-legislative retreat with the theme: “Promoting effective, legislative partnership and finding a middle ground,” held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that the Senate president stressed that the NASS decided quite early to work with the executive very harmoniously for the benefits of Nigerians.
“In fact, this relationship is misunderstood by many. Some out of mischief describe the National Assembly as a rubber stamp, some out of misunderstanding. For us, what is utmost in our minds in the ninth Assembly is how do we work with the executive to make Nigeria better.
“If the price to pay is the names that we get, then let it be the price because we believe that Nigerians deserve better service, better Infrastructure development in the country and it is difficult if not impossible in this country or indeed in any democracy without understanding and harmony in the way and manner the two arms of government work.
Lawan added that this particular retreat would present opportunities to review and strengthen areas they have achieved so much and address areas where there have been weaknesses.
Speaking at the retreat, President Buhari, urged the leadership of the National Assembly to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about and engage the process in line with democratic practices.
The president’s assertion may not be unconnected with the withdrawal of the controversial National Water Bill in the House of Representatives last week.
He added that the retreat was an opportunity to interface, brainstorm as a government, while also commending the leadership of the ninth National Assembly for the cordial and warm relationship in the last year.
“Let me also remind our common patriots, gentlemen, and women, that the process of lawmaking and governance are dynamic and ever-evolving, I will seek their indulgence to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about and engage the process in line with democratic practices. Our interest is the sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norm.
President Buhari stressed that by virtue of effective partnership between the executive and legislature, his government had initiated critical reforms targeted at reforming and strengthening the economy, increasing efficiency in governance, consolidating on the reforms carried out in the last four years and putting the country on a steady path of growth and development.
The president, however, said there was a compelling need to sustain and strengthen the partnership between both arms by creating platforms for regular dialogue, consultations, and interactions, to share ideas and build consensus on critical governance and policy issues.
He said he was aware that both the Senate and the House had adopted the new Legislative Agenda for the current Assembly.
In his remarks, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the engagement was long overdue, saying that he believes that the retreat would enhance the relationship between both arms of government.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved automatic employment for students of education upon graduation.
It was reported that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu on Monday, October 5, to mark the World Teacher’s Day Celebration in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
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